Award Winner Description

Jose Parrilla, an American middle distance runner who specialized in the 800 meters, finished
sixth at the 1995 World Championships in Athletics in Gothenburg. Known for coming from behind with
a strong finishing kick, his personal best 800m time is 1:43.97, set in 1992 in the U.S. Olympic
Trials. He qualified again for the U.S. team at the 1996 Summer Olympics, making him a two-time
Olympian. While running for Tennessee he won three successive NCAA Championships from 1992, 1993
and 1994, a feat only duplicated twice before (by Charles Hornbostei and John Woodruff), both from
the 1930s. A 10 time All-America , Parrilla was sixth in 1991 indoor, eighth American in 1992 and
third in 1993. Other outdoor NCAA finishes include a sixth in 1991. The current record holder in
the 800m with a time of 1:43.97 set in the 1992 Olympic trials. In SEC action Parrilla won the 800 meter runs four straight years from
1991-94, plus winning Indoor crowns at that distance in 1992, 1993 and 1994.